BOSTON (CBS) – No one knows if there will even be an NHL season this year, with the league and players at a stalemate over how to proceed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More bubble settings aren’t an option for a full season, but a handful of NHL teams are exploring the possibility of playing some of their home games away from home.
This grip includes the Boston Bruins.
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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Bruins are one of four teams that have considered the possibility of playing their home games away, as long as it allows them to have fans present. The Bruins confirmed the report to WBZ-TV on Thursday afternoon.
âWe are in constant contact with the NHL as well as officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston, and we are exploring all possible venue options for the upcoming season, including Fenway Park. At this point, we’re in the exploratory phase, âthe Bruins told WBZ-TV.
Friedman writes that it’s a âlong shot,â but it’s certainly an intriguing prospect for the Bruins. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks have also considered hosting outdoor games for the coming season, according to Friedman.
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The Bruins have hosted a pair of Winter Classics over the past decade, hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in 2016.
But it also remains unclear whether fans will be allowed to attend sporting events in Boston anytime soon, as none of the indoor or outdoor sports venues have been licensed to host fans statewide. Gillette Stadium has already announced that it will not host fans until the end of the Patriots season.
Friedman notes that players will need to approve site changes, and not all players will be excited about the idea of ââswitching indoor and outdoor games throughout the season.
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But in their quest to get fans to the games, the Bruins and the rest of the team leave no option untouched.